Myanmar captain Nay Lin Tun (No. 8) wheels away in delight after opening the scoring in their 2-1 win over Singapore. Photo: Flona Hakim/ SINGSOC
The sight of eight red-shirted bodies collapsing to the ground in despair at the sound of the final whistle said more than words ever could, as 28th SEA Games hosts Singapore fell to a 1-2 defeat by Myanmar at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Thursday evening.
“It showed how badly they wanted to do well; to win this game,” a sombre Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar said after the loss. “They gave their best but unfortunately, we could not get the three points”
The result will have been especially painful considering the strong start his side had gotten off to, exerting early pressure that had, at times, all 11 opposition players pegged back in their own half.
Singapore's Ramli Muhammad Faris scores during against Myanmar at the Jalan Besar Stadium on June 4. Photo: Victor Lim/SINGSOC
But Myanmar snatched a 24th-minute lead when a free kick whipped in with pace by Zon Moe Aung left Syazwan Buhari in the Singapore goal wrong-footed, allowing captain Nay Lin Tun to bundle the ball across the line.
The Young Lions took just 10 minutes to hit back, though – Phyo Ko Ko Thein was adjudged to have handled the ball in his own penalty area, allowing Faris Ramli to step up and confidently dispatch his spot-kick high into the left corner.
Jubilation amongst the Myanmar fans after the opening goal of the match was scored by their team captain himself, No. 8 Nay Lin Tun against Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium on June 4. Photo: Ryan Ng/SINGSOC
In the end though, the tie was settled by yet another nightmare moment for Syazwan as he was beaten by Ye Ko Oo’s free kick, which took an awkward bounce right in front of him on the hour mark.
It took Myanmar one step closer to a semi-final berth, with confidence bound to be on a high ahead of Sunday’s meeting with bottom-of-the-table Philippines.
“Singapore are a very strong team, so this was a very important game for our chances of reaching the semi-finals,” coach Kyi Lwin said.
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